ROSEVILLE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Imagine a middle school classroom where students develop a 3-D fin for a class rocket, examine data, and then redesign compressed air dragsters to improve their results with the same amount of fuel. Or a high school classroom where students create and adapt sensors to monitor and automate growing conditions in an aquaponics greenhouse that grows food for a food bank and seedlings for a community garden.
To recognize excellence and innovation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education — as illustrated in the real-life examples above — PASCO® Scientific today announces the winners of the 2015 PASCO NSTA STEM Educator Awards. The annual awards, which are sponsored by PASCO in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association, honor middle and high school educators who are implementing innovative inquiry-based, technology-infused STEM programs.
This year’s award winners are Brandy L. Whitney from Ottoson Middle School in Massachusetts, Ian Fogarty from Riverview High School in New Brunswick, Canada, and Doug Baltz from Ernest W. Seaholm High School in Michigan. As part of the application process, each educator submitted a narrative describing how they address real-world applications or problems integrating the elements of STEM, differentiate their instruction for students of varying ability levels, incorporate sensor-based data collection and visualization technologies, and support national science education standards. They also included examples of student products exhibiting real-world applications, along with letters of support from education colleagues.
“The quality of this year’s award entries definitely exceeded expectations. It’s exciting to see the different ways teachers are igniting students’ interest in STEM, while helping them deepen their understanding of key concepts and skills,” said Steven Korte, CEO of PASCO. “We congratulate Doug Baltz, Ian Fogarty and Brandy Whitney on their imaginative and highly effective approaches to teaching, and their dedication to helping students connect STEM to the world around them. Through their work, they’re not only raising the quality of STEM education but they’re helping students develop a lifelong love of these subjects, which are so important in the modern world.”
“The dedication and high-quality work of the 2015 PASCO NSTA STEM Educator Award recipients is commendable,” said Dr. Juliana Texley, President of NSTA. “We never cease to be amazed and inspired by the teachers who are continuing to elevate STEM literacy through creativity and resourcefulness in their classrooms.”
Each award recipient will receive a check for $500, $1,000 to attend the NSTA 2015 National Conference, $5,000 in science technology from PASCO, and a complimentary one-year membership to NSTA. At the NSTA National Conference, which will be held in Chicago, March 12-15, the winners will also participate in a STEM share-a-thon workshop and be honored at the NSTA Teacher Awards Gala.
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PASCO has been designing, developing, and supporting innovative teaching and learning solutions for K–12 and higher education since 1964. PASCO’s team of educators, scientists, educational researchers, engineers, and many others is committed to the advancement of STEM education around the world. Today teachers and students in more than 100 countries use PASCO solutions. For more information, visit www.pasco.com.